Loss of Amtrak's Gunn Threatens Progress on Improving Intercity Travel Options
STPP joined with Reconnecting America on a joint statement expressing strong concern about a recent action by the Amtrak Board to fire Amtrak President and CEO David L. Gunn. “With the nation’s aviation system on a permanent glide path to serving fewer markets and intercity bus services shrinking almost daily, the Amtrak Board’s action just cost us the best railroad operator in the nation," said STPP President Anne Canby in a STPP-RA statement. To view the full statement, go to --
SAFETEA-LU’s Positives Get Swamped in the Aftermath of Katrina
With enactment of the Safe, Accountable,
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A
Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) in August,
Congress and the Administration finally agreed
on a multi-year renewal of the nation’s surface
transportation law, which had previously expired
September 30, 2003.
Congress had to enact a dozen extensions of the
existing law, known as TEA-21, before SAFETEA-LU
was signed in to law. In the end, the new
legislation provided for substantial growth in
highway, transit and safety funding over the
TEA-21 law, totaling $286.5 billion over six
fiscal years (FY’04-09). As a practical matter,
the legislation is effectively a four-year law
since nearly two full years of transportation
spending was set in the numerous extensions of
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Statement of STPP President Anne P. Canby on Enactment of New Federal Transportation Law
-- It Is Now Up to State & Local Leaders to Deliver Real Travel Options to the Public
August 10, 2005
For Information Contact: Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP)
Anne Canby at 202/974-5135 or Kevin McCarty, 202/974-5138
As the President signs the transportation bill, the opportunity to make wiser use of these new transportation dollars
now shifts to state and local leaders.
While a drill and drive formulation of our nation's energy and
transportation challenges underpinned the Congressional
debate, the new law does continue to empower governors, state
transportation agency officials and local officials to go
beyond business as usual in their transportation investment policies and priorities.
If there was ever a time for greater state leadership, it is now, with polls showing that gas prices cause hardship for a
majority of Americans, even before the most recent run up in oil prices. State leaders in partnership with local
officials can take advantage of the flexibility of federal funds to deliver real travel options to the public, reducing the
burden of rising transportation costs on families and regional economies and harm to the
environment. This means raising commitments to public
transportation, walking and bicycling and doing a better job of maintaining and
operating systems already in place.
Much has changed since Congress initiated debate on the new transportation law more than three years ago. Energy
supplies are more uncertain, gasoline costs are much higher and rising, and there is a greater urgency to connect our
national energy, health, environmental and transportation policies. Despite some improvements in the safety area,
Congress largely ignored these broader issues, leaving state and local leaders to address them on their own. Adding
to the challenge, the huge increase in Congressional project earmarks reduces the resources that will be available to
state and local leaders to respond to these national issues.
It is now up to our governors, mayors, county executives and other elected officials to make better transportation
choices for transit, walking, bicycling, freight movement, and land use and development, mindful of these broader
national challenges. The STPP Coalition calls on state and local leaders to act decisively and fill this void.
The Surface Transportation Policy Project, a national non-profit advocacy organization founded in 1991, is a diverse,
nationwide coalition working to ensure safer communities and smarter
transportation choices that enhance the economy, improve public health, promote social equity, and protect the environment.
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STPP Statement on Congressional Approval of New Transportation Bill
Canby praises Congress for “Staying the Course” in its renewal agreement that largely preserves the ISTEA/TEA-21
framework. To view STPP statement, go to -- http://www.transact.org/library/release_doc/federal_transportation_bill.doc
Driven to Spend:
Pumping Dollars out of Our Households and
A new study by the Surface
Transportation Policy Project (STPP) and the
Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) shows
that families are paying a high price to meet
their transportation needs and families in areas
with fewer transportation choices carry even
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STPP releases Mean Streets 2004
America’s streets are growing meaner for pedestrians.
This year, STPP is taking the opportunity with the
publication of our fifth edition of Mean Streets to
reflect on the trends in pedestrian safety over the
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information on SAFETEA-LU visit FHWA.